The online application for 2014 will be available the first week of December!
UROP Community College Summer Fellowship Program (CCSFP)
UROP offers a 10 week summer research fellowship for currently enrolled community college students attending any community college in the State of Michigan and interested in transferring to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Campus in either the Fall 2014 or Winter 2015. Students should be interested in conducting research in any of the following fields: biomedical sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, or natural and environmental sciences.
The program is designed to:
1. Increase a student’s skills and knowledge in their chosen field of study.
2. Learn about current research in their field of interest.
3. Connect with a UM faculty mentor.
4. Gain familiarity with the University of Michigan campus and campus resources.
5. Learn about financial aid, application procedures, strategies, etc.
Students will be expected to work 25-40 hours per week depending on the research project and field.
This fellowship runs from the mandatory orientation on May 29th through August 8th. Students will receive a stipend ranging from $2000-$3500 depending on hours worked per week. Housing stipends are available for students who live outside of Wayne and Washtenaw counties.
The Michigan Community College Student Summer Fellowship Program seeks to attract a diverse student population, including women and historically underrepresented students, first generation college students, and students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Priority Application Deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:00pm.
Applications submitted after February 28 and before March 15, 2014 will be reviewed on a rolling basis depending on the applicant pool.
Applicants will be notified via e-mail with admissions decisions before the end of April.
Admitted fellows will look for projects and conduct interviews with prospective faculty mentors in May, 2014.
Mandatory Orientation for admitted fellows will be May 29 - 30, 2014.
Admitted fellows will conduct their research June 2 - August 8th, 2014.
All Fellows are required to present their research via poster presentations during the UROP Summer Fellowship Symposium, tentatively scheduled for July 31st, 2014.
Fellows will be paid a work stipend of $3,500 for 40 hours/week for 10 weeks. The hours and weeks are divided as follows:
- The first week is devoted completely to training with the remaining nine weeks devoted to conducting actual research with a faculty sponsor.
- Every week there will be a UROP Seminar tentatively scheduled on Tuesdays from 3am-5pm which fellows are required to attend. The remaining 37 hours can be scheduled and coordinated between the fellow and faculty sponsor, as benefits the project.
- Taking the seminar and working hours into account, fellows are therefore required to work 40 hours a week for the full 10 weeks. Stipends will be prorated for fellows unable to complete the full 400 hours in the time allotted.
For fellows whose permanent residence is located 60 miles outside of the Ann Arbor Area, an additional housing stipend up to $1,000 may be awarded to assist in locating housing on campus based on need.
Due to parking restrictions, UROP is unable to cover on-campus parking for fellows. However, UROP will work with students to find accessible commuter parking lots and access to free public and university transportation.
Applicants must have graduated from High School (or earned a GED) as of June 2013, completed at least 18 credits (or 2 semesters) at the community college level by the time of the fellowship and be one of the following:
- A student currently enrolled at any Michigan community college, who plans on applying to transfer to the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus within the next year OR
- A student currently enrolled at any Michigan community college, who has been admitted to the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus for Fall 2014.
- Students who are interested in transferring to the University of Michigan but who have not applied yet are STRONGLY encouraged to apply. UROP will then work with the student over the summer on putting together an application for admission to the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor campus. (However, UROP cannot guarantee admission to the University!)
- Students who have been admitted to the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor Campus for Fall 2014 and who apply to CCSFP will have priority admissions to our academic year program for UM transfer students Changing Gears
- Unfortunately, due to limited funding, Second Degree students (i.e. students who already have a Bachelor's degree or higher) are not able to be supported through this program.
Application Steps and Materials
The Online Application for 2014 will be available the first week of December
The UROP Community College Summer Research Fellowship Application includes:
1. On-line Application
a. In order to Submit your Application, first you will need to set up a U-M Friend
Account at: https://friend.weblogin.umich.edu/friend/
Click here for general UM Friend Account Info.
Click the link below to access the online application
CCSFP Online Application (the application link will be available during the first week of December)
b. Materials and Information:
- Biographical information
- Short answer essays
- Contact information for recommendations
- Research/Relevant experience
- Submission of Personal Statement and Resume (PDF format) – more information below.
Personal Statement (must be uploaded as PDF and a hard copy submitted)
The personal statement will be uploaded as part of the On-line Application. The personal statement is a (500 word minimum, 1-3 page) essay and is your opportunity to showcase your skills and qualifications pertaining the fellowship and answer the following questions:
- What are your academic and/or professional career goals?
- Why do you want to attend the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor?
- What experiences have you had that you think we should know about that would make you stand out as a candidate for the program?
- Describe the type of research you would like to conduct (in specific, what is your research field of interest).
- Explain why you would like to conduct this type of research and what you hope to gain from participating in research.
Additionally, the personal statement gives you an opportunity to explain potential hardships or drawbacks in other areas of your application. We encourage applicants to review the Sample Projects section of the UROP website to get an idea of the types of research they will be able to conduct on our campus.
2. Mailing of Official Transcripts: Applicants must also submit their Official Transcript(s) via U.S. mail directly from the community college/institutions they are attending (or attended) and high school transcripts. Please include the schedule of courses you are currently taking if your grades for the current semester won’t be available by the application deadline. If you have already applied to the University of Michigan Fall 2014, submitting an unofficial copy of your transcripts will be sufficient (please provide your U-M application identification number).
3. At least two Letters of Recommendation/Forms. To apply for this fellowship, you must obtain 2 letters of recommendation. We strongly recommend that you get at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your current institution who can speak specifically about your capability of doing research in your desired field. For example, if you are hoping to work in the biomedical sciences field, one of your letters should be from a faculty member who can talk specifically about your ability to do such research (e.g. biology professor, chemistry professor, etc.). The other letter could be from anyone you have a professional relationship with (graduate student instructor, advisor, supervisor, personal reference, etc.). Each recommender must complete and submit the UROP Community College Summer Research Fellowship Recommendation Form. Recommenders can send a letter with more details if desired in addition to submitting the Recommendation Form. The link to the recommendation letter is available here or you can also access the file during the online application process. The recommendation forms and letters should be mailed to the address provided in the recommendation form or sent via email to UROP.firstname.lastname@example.org directly from the recommender.
4. Resume (must be uploaded as a PDF during the online application process)
You must submit a PDF file of your resume as part of your fellowship application.
DEADLINE: ALL FELLOWSHIP MATERIALS (online and other) MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5:00pm on Friday, February 28, 2014. Applications submitted after February 28 and before March 15, 2014 may be reviewed on a rolling basis depending on the applicant pool.
Applicants will be notified via e-mail with admissions decisions before the end of April 2014.
On-line Application Materials and other:
1. General Information: biographical information, short answer essays, contact information for recommendations, research experience summary (submitted online only)
2. Personal Statement (PDF format online)
3. Resume (PDF format online)
4. 2 Recommendation Letters/Forms (original -directly from each recommender via mail, fax or email)
5. Official Transcript(s) (original from institutions –both any college level institutions attended and High School)
All application materials must be submitted online, and transcripts and recommendation forms should arrive at the UROP Office, 1190 Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2215 by 5:00pm on Friday, February 28, 2014. Please include a header or footer and page numbers in all submitted documents. Your file should be saved as (first name, last name 2014).
If you have any questions regarding the application process or have problems submitting your application, please contact: Leticia Diaz (email@example.com), UROP Graduate Intern, or send a message with your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. For general questions regarding the Community College Summer Research Fellowship Program, please contact Catalina Ormsby (email@example.com), UROP Associate Director.